Steph Curry to Just Shoot Full-Court Shots to Limit Running on His Injured Ankle
OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry missed Game 2 of his team’s opening round playoff series against the Rockets on Monday night, but the team has devised a plan that will allow him to play going forward while continuing to rest his injured ankle.
Starting in Game 3, and extending through to the end of the postseason or whenever his ankle feels 100-percent, Curry will only play in the defensive zone and shoot strictly full-court shots so he never has to run up and down the court.
“We’ve put a lot of thought into this and we’re confident Steph can hit 40-percent from full-court, which will still make him a very big threat on the floor,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “Plus, it will really spread the floor and open up options for our other players because the other team will have to defend all 94-feet.”
Houston Rockets head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Curry returning and only shooting full-court shots won’t really impact his team’s approach for the rest of the series.
“We’re f — ked either way,” he said. “At least it will be cool to see someone draining full-court shots on us. It will definitely be more fun than watching James Harden and Dwight Howard play basketball. I can’t take much more of that. Thankfully, I only have two more games of it.”
If Curry’s ankle worsens, the Warriors also have plans for that.
“I may just sit on a chair and shoot like that,” he said. “Once full-court shots got too easy for me, I started practicing shooting full-court shots in a chair. On a good day I can hit 60-percent.”
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